Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) issued the following statement after a shooting occurred at a practice for the Congressional Baseball Game.
“This morning several innocent people, including some of my Congressional colleagues, were attacked as they practiced for the Congressional baseball game. I thank the brave Capitol Police Officers and Alexandria Police for their response to this horrific shooting. My thoughts and prayers are with Whip Steve Scalise, the Capitol Police officers, Congressional aides, and others who were wounded this morning, and I wish them each a full and speedy recovery.
“The annual Congressional Baseball Game is a tradition and an opportunity for members of Congress, their staff, and families to come together and raise money for charity. I’m confident in the collective strength of my colleagues as we stand together against this cowardly, criminal act.”
President Donald Trump says the assailant in the congressional shooting has died from his injuries.
Trump said Wednesday morning that the gunman who shot Rep. Steve Scalise, of Louisiana, had died. The assailant has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson. The President reported that Hodgkinson had died.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington. Officials said several other people were also wounded. Trump said Scalise "was badly wounded and is now in stable condition."
Trump praised the "heroic actions" of the Capital Police at the scene. Two of those officers were injured by gunfire.
Arkansas-based Tyson Foods Inc. says one of its employees was among those shot at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday.
Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson identified the wounded employee as Matt Mika. He says Mika was taken to a hospital and that the company is awaiting word on his condition.
Mickelson says Mika is director of government relations for Tyson's Washington, D.C., office and that he's worked for the company for more than six years.
He says the company is "deeply concerned" about Mika and his family.
Based in Springdale, Arkansas, Tyson Foods is one of the world's largest producers of chicken, beef, and pork.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm, and Explosives says it is examining two weapons involved in the shooting.
The agency says it is working to quickly trace a rifle and a handgun to determine where they were purchased.
It was not immediately clear if the gunman fired both weapons during the attack. An ATF spokeswoman said a trace of the weapons would answer that question.